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One Part Woman book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. All of Kali and Ponna's efforts to conceive a child—from prayers to. His best-known novel One Part Woman was longlisted for the inaugural National Book Award for Translation, and it won the prestigious ILF Samanvay Bhasha. The following is from Perumal Murugan's novel, One Part Woman. One Part Woman, including being longlisted for the National Book Award.
There would be no stigma; for one night, all men were to be considered gods, and any child conceived semi-divine.
Although Murugan insisted he found evidence of the practice in his home state of Tamil Nadu, fundamentalists organized an efficient campaign accusing him of dishonoring Hindu women.
The book was torched in the streets, and there were calls for a ban. Officials coerced an apology from the author, who was eventually forced to flee his village altogether.
He came back from the dead — and into the glare of sudden publicity. Five of his books are being translated into English, among other languages. For all the commotion it caused, it feels shockingly tame.
Even after 12 years, they remain madly in love and erotically bound up in each other much to the annoyance of their neighbors.
But they cannot have a child. They scan their family history for curses — was it that ancestor who so barbarously raped a young girl in a forest? Or another one who cheated in a village competition?
The couple perform every act of expiation they can imagine, obey every superstition, worship at every shrine. No god seems to hear them. Years pass, and their isolation grows.
Will Kali consider taking another wife? Should Ponna participate in the temple ritual in which childless women sleep with strange men, understood to be deities?
Jealousy arrives in their marriage. Before his marriage to Ponna, Kali was known for his frequent wanderings and spirited nature.
His love for Ponna, as well as increasingly poor reputation in town, however, draws him away from his old wild habits. Though he was often lazy as a child, Kali's married life makes him devoted to his land and livestock.
Cultivating his property allows Kali to validate himself, and his impressive barn quickly becomes the envy of everyone in town. While lying on the cot at his in-laws', Kali thinks of his barn, wishing he were there, or that he could go out to the forest with his brother-in-law Muthu to feel more settled. Ponna similarly struggles to deal with the incessant pressures of her family and community.
Instead of ignoring the taunts of her peers and mother, Ponna often lashes out. While Kali hides himself away to escape the shame of their barrenness, Ponna engages in verbal combat, attempting to defend herself through immediate confrontation. Because all of Kali and Ponna's efforts to conceive have failed, their family begins to urge them once again to either consider a second marriage, or to send Ponna to the eighteenth day of the festival so she can find another man with whom to procreate.
The latter half of the novel features the battle between the couple's desire to remain faithful to one another and their longing to start a family.
Desperate for his sister and brother-in-law to have a better life, Muthu intervenes. He tells Ponna to go to the festival, and covers for her by taking Kali deep into the fields and groves to distract him. While in the grove, Kali becomes more at peace with the idea of never having children, attempting to adopt the unconventional life his Uncle Nallayyan assures him is best. Meanwhile, while at the festival, Ponna decides to sleep with another man in an attempt to have a child, deciding it is her last remaining option for conception.